All About the Benjamins
Play • 1 hr 43 min

Finally we talk about money this week! Steph and CoolBlkNerd chronicle their salary journey from the time they got into the tech industry until their current roles. From being underpaid, leaving to get a pay bump, and negotiating for more money, they dive into what their experience has been with money in tech the only way cool nerds know how!

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02:00 - Did we become cooler nerds this last week?
04:30 - When a book is so good you finish it in 3 days
11:00 - Book Club and Chill
16:30 - The first Tech for the Culture event of the year was a success!
19:00 - Listening to the one voice in your head that matters
29:40 - What was our starting salaries in tech?
35:10 - How much do we make now?
37:10 - When you’re one of the first people in your family to make money
39:00 - How have we done at the negotiation table?
48:00 - Why making good money in tech isn’t guaranteed
51:10 - Why you shouldn’t listen to people who try to shoot down what you believe is possible
55:40 - What’s the best way for you to get a pay raise?
59:10 - Why you shouldn’t believe the salaries you see on sites like Glassdoor
1:04:10 - Why you should be asking people with more experience than you how they have navigated their salary
1:09:10 - Why black people should be more transparent about their salaries
1:16:40 - What are our salary goals?
1:29:10 - Workbook of Desire

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Intro/Outro produced by @chaisnuclear of the Tin Clock Productions

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